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Almo Professional A/V Launches New Series of Buysing Guides

Almo Professional A/V Launches New Series of Buying Guides

Includes Expert Information for Use as Educational and Sales Tools; Guides Focus on Digital Signage, Interactive Technologies and Video Walls

Philadelphia, PA — August 19, 2013 — As part of its leadership role in providing professional AV partners with valuable educational resources, Almo Professional A/V today launched a new series of Buying Guides that focus on Digital Signage, Interactive Technologies and Video Walls. The new guides feature a wealth of information, ranging from trends and industry expert articles to planning and budgeting tips. All of the new guides are available for download from the Almo Professional A/V website.

“The guides were created to give our partners a leg up on selling, installing and growing in our industry’s most viable market categories,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “As the only distributor to offer a fleet of six specialized Business Development Managers, each one of our Buying Guides includes trends that each of them are seeing in the industry, as well as tips on ways to address these trends.”

According to Craigmyle, this fall, Almo Pro A/V will produce another series of Buying Guides, covering topics such as 4K displays, LED technology and more.

Loaded with features from insiders that have their fingers on the pulse of the AV industry, the Almo Pro A/V Buying Guides include invaluable information about the newest industry technology, how-to steps to change the direction of a business, application stories, best practices, product model information, benefits to using the different technologies, installation tips and more. To access the Almo Pro A/V Buying Guides, go to http://www.almoproav.com/gettheguides/.

About Almo Professional A/V’s Business Development Managers
Almo holds the unique position as the only distributor to offer its partners a highly specialized fleet of six Business Development Managers. Each one brings a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888.420.2566 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Almo Professional A/V and ClearOne Strike New Partnership to Expand Distribution of AV Solutions

Almo Professional A/V and ClearOne Strike New
Partnership to Expand Distribution of AV Solutions

Almo To Offer ClearOne Audio and Video Conferencing, Multimedia Streaming and Digital Signage Products; ClearOne Joins E4 AV Tour Starting With Expo in Baltimore July 26

Philadelphia, PA — July 24, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V and ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) today announced a new distribution agreement that gives Almo partners access to ClearOne’s software-based video conferencing solutions, select audio conferencing products, multimedia streaming, and digital signage. ClearOne has joined the Almo E4 AV Tour and will exhibit this week at the E4 Expo Mid-Atlantic near Baltimore on July 26 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott, MD.

“ClearOne has proven its pioneering leadership in audio conferencing and now provides a complete portfolio, adding innovative solutions including: video conferencing, professional microphones, multimedia streaming and digital signage — these are exactly the areas where our partners are finding the most profitable business opportunities,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We are especially looking forward to bringing ClearOne’s COLLABORATE® video conferencing solutions to our partners. In addition, ClearOne’s presence on the E4 AV tour is a great way to provide immediate exposure to our channel community both at the Mid-Atlantic Expo this week and as our tour continues this fall on the west and east coasts.”

Taylor added that Rob Ziv, business development manager and broadcast expert for Almo Pro A/V, will take the lead on technical training, managing the exchange of information, and integrating the ClearOne products into multiple partners’ installations.

“Almo Pro A/V is the fastest-growing AV distributor in the U.S., specializing in many key vertical markets for ClearOne solutions,” said Zee Hakimoglu, Chairman and CEO of ClearOne. “With a long-standing history in the AV industry and CTS-certified sales team, Almo’s support is well-recognized, which makes them a trusted source for their entire community of top resellers and integrators throughout the country.”
ClearOne products now available through Almo Pro A/V include:

• COLLABORATE Software-Based Video Conferencing Products: A complete portfolio featuring desktop video applications, room systems, infrastructure and management solutions. COLLABORATE offers more flexibility, scalability and upgradability at a significantly lower price-point than traditional hardware-based solutions.

• Media Carts: Play a key role in making equipment easy to access, as well as providing mobility, making it more convenient to conference. Each media cart solution is designed to be highly durable and functional, while also providing the style and elegance required for the most sophisticated settings.

• INTERACT® AT Audio Conferencing Systems: A complete unified communications conference room solution with flexibility in mind. The INTERACT AT delivers exceptional audio performance at an affordable price and includes all the necessary audio equipment and peripherals, providing state-of-the-art HDConference® audio quality for popular audio, web, UC and video conferencing apps.

• Wireless Microphone System: Provides the freedom and clean installation of a wireless solution with the flexibility to expand up to 32 channels and the security of full 256-bit encryption. Four professional wireless microphone options are now available: tabletop, gooseneck, handheld, and belt-pack with clip-on lavalier or single-ear headset mics.

• Multimedia Streaming & Distribution: VIEW®, the ClearOne brand for commercial multimedia streaming and control, deliver a superior A/V experience by streaming high definition audio, video and control over TCP/IP LAN networks. By combining audio and/or video content, meta-data and control signals into one stream over existing Internet Protocol LAN networks, ClearOne’s patented StreamNet® solutions enable The Power of AV over IP™ for enterprise multimedia streaming.
• Digital Signage Solutions: MagicBox® digital signage is scaled and optimized for corporate or light commercial environments with entry-level solutions for comprehensive content management and cloud-based solutions, which allow control of an entire signage network from any web browser at any location. Complete, scalable, turnkey digital signage solutions easily grow with business needs for broadcast or HD applications.

E4 Expo Mid-Atlantic/Baltimore, MD
E4 Expo Mid- Atlantic is being held on Friday, July 26 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. The E4 AV Tour will continue this fall with stops at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on October 18 and the Meadowlands Expo Center in the New York area on November 13.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

About ClearOne
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for audio and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.

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Almo Professional A/V Hires Industry Veteran Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales, Southwest and West

Almo Professional A/V Hires Industry Veteran
Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales, Southwest and West

Philadelphia, PA — July 15, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V has hired industry veteran Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales for the Southwest and West regions. Based out of Dallas, Texas, McNeill joins the Almo Pro A/V VP Sales team, which includes John Riley leading the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions and Steve Stacy leading the Midwest and Northwest regions. In his new role, McNeill is responsible for overseeing all Almo Pro A/V sales in his region while working directly with manufacturer vendors, channel partners and Almo’s specialized internal Business Development Manager team.
“Having just completed our fourth fiscal year, Almo Pro A/V is up in growth 23 percent year-over-year,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “As part of our expansion plan to accommodate this growth, we are incorporating key product lines, have recently opened a new 120,000 square foot warehouse in Philadelphia, and are adding staff, including sales leadership. Sean’s knowledge of the industry, and sales and technical background from years at AMX, combined with his outstanding leadership having served our country as a captain in the U.S. Army, equate to the type of professional any company in this industry would want to represent their organization.”
“Almo’s team of dedicated professionals consistently bring value to customers while being flexible in helping them build their businesses with industry leading brands, value-added services and solid long-term growth,” said Sean McNeill, vice president of sales for Almo Professional A/V. “Having previously worked with Almo leadership as a vendor, the unmatched integrity and business acumen they offer is what makes them one of the industry’s strongest and most trusted partners.”
Prior to Almo Pro A/V, McNeill spent well over a decade at AMX Control Systems in various vice president-level positions focusing on sales and business development. He’s also worked in product marketing, product management and engineering jobs at Broadband Gateways, Inc., Fujitsu Network Communications and MCI Telecommunications Corporation.
McNeill served as a captain in the U.S. Army where he led 300 soldiers in combat operations during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort. He holds an M.B.A. in management and finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Hosts Mid-Atlantic E4 Expo on July 26

Almo Professional A/V Hosts
Mid-Atlantic E4 Expo on July 26

More Than 30 Exhibiting Manufacturers, Panasonic Traveling Solutions Van,
Hands-On Product Workshops with Lunch & Learn Roundtable Discussions

Philadelphia, PA — July 1, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced that registration is open for its E4 Expo Mid-Atlantic, an abridged version of the popular E4 AV Tour. Taking place on July 26 at Turf City in Ellicott, MD, the one-day event gives attendees access to hundreds of new products from more than 30 of the industry’s top manufacturers. The event will also include interactive product workshops, lunchtime roundtable discussions with industry experts, $5,000 in prizes and opportunities for networking with Almo’s Mid-Atlantic Account Managers and specialized Business Development Manager team.

“If you saw an interesting product at InfoComm but didn’t have the opportunity to learn about it, our E4 Expo provides the rare opportunity for in-depth manufacturer discussions in a small, relaxed venue between the busy spring and fall trade show seasons,” explained Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We’ll have special lunch meet-ups with these manufacturers and our six specialized Business Development Managers to discuss important industry topics. Attendees will have the chance to actually get their hands on some of the newest products by creating and publishing digital signage projects for example.” Craigmyle added that every attendee who brings a guest will receive a free pair of Panasonic earbuds.

The E4 Expo Mid Atlantic will feature the traveling Panasonic Solutions Van which is loaded with the newest integrated technologies including flat panel displays, projectors and pro video products. Attendees will have a chance to experience the solutions van onsite at the E4 Expo where they can walk through a myriad of Panasonic products all contained within the van.

In addition, some of the product highlights from E4 Expo Mid Atlantic include:

• Barco’s ClickShare, a one-click meeting room tool that facilitates collaboration and interaction.
• LG’s 84-inch 4K Ultra High Definition display that warrants attention with its vivid color and unmatched detail.
• Elo’s virtual receptionist solution, which takes touch and interaction to a new level.
• Mitsubishi’s LaserVue projector that brings solid state illumination to a new dimension with access to the cloud.
• Da-Lite’s ViewShare with a 1080p USB compatible screen integrated right into the screen frame.
• Samsung’s transparent cube, which ignites possibilities and demonstrates the future of display technology.

Exhibiting manufacturers include AMX, Atlas Sound, BrightSign, C2G, Barco, Chief, Christie Microtiles, Da-Lite, Draper, Elo, Furman, Hitachi, Hiperwall, Kramer, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Peerless-AV, Planar, Premier Mounts, Samsung, Sharp SunBrite TV, TouchSystems, Tripp-Lite, ZeeVee and more.

Details About the E4 Expo Mid Atlantic
E4 Expo Mid- Atlantic is being held on Friday, July 26 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

About the E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. The E4 AV Tour will continue this fall with stops at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on October 18 and the Meadowlands Expo Center in the New York area on November 13.

About Almo Professional A/V’s Business Development Managers
Almo holds the unique position as the only distributor to offer its partners a highly specialized fleet of Business Development Managers. Each one brings a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Hires Jamie Finnegan As Business Development Manager – Control Solutions

Almo Professional A/V Hires Jamie Finnegan
As Business Development Manager – Control Solutions

Expertise in Control, Automation and Integration; Focus on Supporting Integrators with Pre-Sales Training, Engineering and Design

Philadelphia, PA — May 16, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced the hiring of Jamie Finnegan as Business Development Manager – Control Solutions, effective immediately. In his new role, Finnegan serves as the technical liaison between Almo’s vendor manufacturers and integrators by providing pre-sales training, engineering and design for commercial installations that require high-level systems, lighting, automation and control.

The addition of Finnegan brings Almo Pro A/V’s Business Development Manager staff to a total of six technical professionals.

“Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge to Almo from his experience in the Pro AV space and, more specifically, his specialization in control systems,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “He spent six years of his career working for two control manufacturers and 10 years running his own integration firm — the experience on both sides of the equation makes Jamie a valuable addition to Almo.”

Prior to Almo Pro A/V, Finnegan was a consultant for CFC Industrial Training. Before then he held sales and management positions for URC, Inc., AMX Corporation, Audio Video Design Group and Hi-Tech Integrated Systems, Inc. He studied business at the University of Akron and is a certified LEED green building technology instructor. Finnegan’s industry affiliations include USGBC, AIA, CABA, InfoComm-ICIA, CEDIA, CEA, SIA, FPS and FPDA.

About Almo Professional A/V’s Business Development Managers
Almo holds the unique position as the only distributor to offer its partners a highly specialized fleet of Business Development Managers. Each one brings a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Almo Professional A/V Named Top Distributor and Employer

Almo Professional A/V Named Top Distributor and Employer

rAVe Pro Survey Names Almo “Most Used and Favorite” Distributor;
Almo Corporation Listed as a Top Workplace in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA — March 20, 2013 — The results are in and Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, has been named the “Most Used and Favorite Distributor” following the results of a survey conducted by rAVe Pro, an opinionated news organization providing news and commentary. Parent company, Almo Corporation, has also been selected as one of the Philly.com 2013 Top Workplaces in Philadelphia.

The rAVe survey was sent to readers of the rAVe ProAV edition and received over 4200 responses. Results showed that of the 93 percent of AV dealers and integrators who buy from distributors regularly, Almo Pro A/V not only was voted the “most used” distribution company, but also ranked as the favorite.

“To see that the nation’s AV resellers, integrators and consultants are choosing Almo Pro A/V first confirms that our formula for taking care of our partners’ distribution requirements works — we truly care about their success,” explained Warren Chaiken, president and COO for Almo Corporation. “We have assembled a high caliber team of sales, business development and marketing talent while aligning with a carefully selected group of manufacturers. We augment this with the most in-depth training and education programs available to continually help our partners boost their businesses and stay profitable.”

According to Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, “The results of the survey speak for themselves. Integrators notice when distributors are focused on them verses making AV just part of a giant product offering or as an ‘oh, by the way, we do AV too’ approach to distribution.”

The Philly.com Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Almo Corporation is one of 100 companies in the Philadelphia region selected for the 2013 Top Workplaces award.
“It is a great honor for Almo Corporation to win this award, but to me it is not a surprise,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “Gene and Warren Chaiken treat their employees like an extended family. They have a created a workplace where people enjoy coming to work and love the company they are working for. People come to work for Almo and they stay because of the positive business environment.”
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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Almo Professional A/V Debuts New Exhibitors and Products at E4 Chicago on March 28

Almo Professional A/V Debuts New Exhibitors
and Products At E4 Chicago on March 28

Last Call to Register; 32 Carefully Selected Exhibiting Manufacturers, New Product Sneak Peeks; 12 Educational Sessions All Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Philadelphia, PA — March 18, 2013 — Less than two weeks away, Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, today revealed details about new exhibiting manufacturers and product launches taking place at its first E4 AV training and networking event of the year. Registration is still open for E4 Chicago on March 28, which will feature 32 carefully selected manufacturing partners, hundreds of new products — including many InfoComm 2013 previews — and 12 educational sessions, all worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs).

To learn more details about E4 Chicago, view this recent interview with Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V.

The newest exhibiting manufacturers and their product highlights include:

• New! Elo Touch Systems, supplier of touch-enabled products is unveiling the 4201 42-inch touch display with an integrated PC and bringing its new 70-inch Multi-Touch Interactive Digital Signage Display.

• New! Hiperwall, producer of high-performance, low-cost videowall software that can display a wide variety of content with unmatched speed, flexibility and functionality in extremely high resolution, is exhibiting in partnership with NEC Solutions and Premier Mounts to show a complete videowall solution.

• New! Peerless AV, is hosting a virtual Slam Dunk contest with its fully integrated kiosk solution that includes a 90-inch Sharp Professional display, integrated audio, Xbox Kinect and software program that simulates a slam dunk contest. Peerless will also demo its HD Flow wireless transmission solutions.

• New! TouchSystems, provider of touch-enabled monitors, kiosks and displays, is bringing a 55-inch Multi-Touch Monitor with multi-user capability, which encourages collaboration and interactivity. It is being shown on a Peerless stand/mount and is powered by Sherlock Systems Media Players.

• New! Rane Corporation, an established provider of problem-solving pro audio tools, affordably priced with unequalled reliability and customer service, is showcasing its newest audio technology, the HAL System, an open-architecture DSP product for expert room combining, paging and distributed audio systems for meeting and classrooms, hotels, retail, conference centers and restaurants.

• New! Samsung Hospitality, provider of the 26-inch to 55-inch, all-LED line of televisions for the hospitality industry, is showing televisions with Pro:Idiom, an encryption technology which securely delivers HD and video-on-demand signals without the need for a set top box in each room to protect content from piracy.

Other new products being shown during E4 Chicago:

• Sharp’s 32-inch 4K LCD Ultra High Definition Display with 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution.

• Planar’s UltraLux 80-inch display with a zero bezel, infinity edge-to-edge glass design configured for multiple solutions within digital signage applications.

• Samsung’s UE55C with the System on Chip (SoC), which eliminates the need for a PC to play back content by running on an embedded chip within the display.

The Samsung booth will feature special guest Raffi Vartian, COO of SignageLive, a cloud-based media delivery and support company, who will demonstrate the new Samsung SoC technology. Additionally, Samsung will hold hourly demos of the Samsung Smart School Solution, a fully integrated, interactive learning platform that empowers educators and helps re-engage K-12 students with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets and interactive whiteboard displays. During E4 Chicago, Samsung will also give away a Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

E4 Chicago Details
E4 Chicago is on March 28 at the Oakbrook Drury Lane Conference Center and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

About the E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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About InfoComm International
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Hosts Five AV Snacks in March

Almo Professional A/V Hosts Five AV Snacks in March

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; March Theme is Higher Education; Hosted by Almo and Led by Chief, Canon, C2G, Hitachi and Mitsubishi

Philadelphia, PA — March 6, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, has begun its weekly interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks” for March, which focuses on the theme of Higher Education. AV Snacks are designed to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, presented in a 15-minute snack-style webinar format every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. The March schedule includes information from Chief, Canon, C2G, Hitachi and Mitsubishi.

The sessions offer a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes. The following mini-webinars are in place for March:

Theme: Higher Education

3/1 Chief: “Transform Rooms with Interactive Ingredients” (Available On Demand)
Research shows that presentations conducted with interactive technology enhance audience engagement and retention, encourage participation, and deepen the overall learning experience.
Chief’s new interactive AV solutions make integrating interactive technology easy. This revolutionary range of tools combines Chief’s industry-leading mounts with interactive eBeam™ technology from Luidia, Inc., instantly transforming existing projectors and displays into dynamic, interactive platforms. Adding to Chiefs capabilities is the DaLite IDEA (Interactive Dry Erase Application) Screen, which offers its own revolutionary dual-purpose projection screen and writable marker board combination.
Prize: Chief Road Show T-Shirt

3/8 Canon Projectors: “Image Quality as the Main Ingredient”
Putting together a projection system is all about the picture, both in size and quality. There are several different variables, the least of which is the projector itself. With the focus on cheap lumens in many of today’s projector lines, has image quality been taken off the table? Canon’s focus on lens construction, light path engineering, and superior LCoS technology provides the best image you can get on screen. Join us to learn how Canon projectors make a difference in education environments.
Prize: iTunes Gift Card
Register

3/15 C2G: “Video Walls: Transition from Analog to Digital Video”
Learn how digital video is eating up the higher education space. Utilizing C2G’s AOC technology, you’ll provide optimum performance every time. With many options to choose from, AOC technology has enticing features that will make you come back for seconds!
Prize: Starbucks Gift Card
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3/22 Hitachi: “A Wireless Four Course Meal”
Have you heard of educators struggling to integrate books, video, internet all into one lecture? With Hitachi, effortlessly switch between your devices from one system that can be controlled from a single source (i.e. iPad). Better yet, with a contacted wireless document camera, you can also incorporate in-person supplements to the lecture. From beginning to end, Hitachi makes it easy to serve you a four course meal!
Prize: Gift Card
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3/29 Mitsubishi: “Serving Brilliant Color & Seamless Excellence”
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All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Offers Elo Touch Systems

Almo Professional A/V Offers Elo Touch Systems

New Distribution Agreement Focuses on Interactive Digital Signage Applications

DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO (DSE), LAS VEGAS, NV — February 26, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V (Booth #1251), the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced a new distribution agreement with Elo Touch Solutions, a premier global supplier of touch-enabled Interactive Digital Signage (IDS) technology. As a result, Almo Pro A/V reseller partners now have access to Elo’s touch interactive experiences in screen sizes ranging from 7 inches to 70 inches. Almo will show attendees how to make brand experiences interactive by experiencing streamlined distribution on a personal level during DSE 2013, Feb. 26-28, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The Elo team is excited to engage with the Almo digital signage thought leaders and certified Pro A/V technology experts,” said Craig Witsoe, CEO, Elo Touch Solutions. “Together we will help resellers and end-users realize the possibilities for digital signage to help education, government, hospitality, healthcare, and retail organizations enhance their audience experience and optimize communications efficiency.”

“Our resellers are experiencing increasing demand for large format touch-enabled displays,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We’re partnering with Elo Touch Solutions because they provide a broad portfolio of screen sizes and touch technologies our resellers can incorporate into their projects with the service and support to back Elo’s innovative products.”

Elo Interactive Digital Signage
Elo IDS displays are designed to provide reliable performance in challenging public environments with a durable steel chassis and tempered pure glass. Multi-touch and gesture support enable intuitive touch with a finger, gloved hand, prosthetic, stylus, credit card, and/or pen. Optional, slide-in computing modules feature Intel® Core™ i3 or i5 processors to enable the IDS to become an integrated all-in-one unit with simplified installation and maintenance. The Elo IDS also supports the Intel Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) to integrate with other OPS-compliant computing modules.

Attendees at DSE 2013 can interact with the Elo 42-inch Interactive Digital Sign in the Almo Professional A/V Booth #1251, which will feature examples of retail and healthcare applications.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

About Elo Touch Solutions
Elo Touch Solutions is a leading global supplier of touch-enabled technology, products and industry solutions. The Elo portfolio encompasses the broadest selection of OEM touch screen components, touch monitors, and all-in-one touch computers for the demanding requirements of diverse markets, including gaming machines, hospitality systems, industrial automation, interactive kiosks, healthcare, office equipment, point of sale terminals, retail displays, and transportation applications. Since Elo founders pioneered the touch screen over 40 years ago, the Elo touch experience has consistently stood for quality, reliability and innovation. For more information on Elo products and services, please call 800-ELO-TOUCH, visit us on the web at www.elotouch.com or direct email inquiries to elosales@elotouch.com.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Shows How to Excel in Digital Signage with Video Walls at DSE 2013

Almo Professional A/V Shows How to Excel in Digital Signage with Video Walls at DSE 2013

Almo Booth Showcases a Variety of Powerful Video Wall Solutions Combined with
Single Source Purchasing and Specialized Technical Support for Digital Signage

Philadelphia, PA — February 25, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V (DSE 2013 Booth #1251) the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is demonstrating how to advance in digital signage using simplified video walls to display powerful written, video and other media messages. This week at DSE 2013, Almo Pro A/V is showing off the newest digital signage products and systems for video walls, the advantages of streamlined purchasing through one source, and its top notch technical expertise as the only distributor to offer a fleet of five Business Development Managers specializing in digital signage.

“Video walls is a top growth area for the digital signage industry, however, for many integrators, there remains a lot questions about how to make all the pieces of an installation work together,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We’ve focused our DSE 2013 booth around all the components needed to create video walls that aren’t highly complex. Not only can our partners streamline their purchasing by working through one source, they can also design completely customized video walls for their installs by working with Almo’s expert team of Business Development Managers.”

According to Taylor, Almo’s DSE 2013 booth theme, “The Writing is on the Wall,” reflects how resellers, integrators and consultants can partner with Almo to create successful and profitable digital signage video wall displays. Almo is showcasing a variety of video wall examples from top manufacturers at DSE 2013, including a 47-inch HD LED video wall from LG, a NanoFlex flexible display from NanoLumens, a 55-inch Clarity Matrix video wall from Planar, a 4K ultra high-definition display from Sharp Professional and an outdoor display from SunBrite TV, all powered by the newest media players from BrightSign. The latest video wall carts from Chief and other touch displays, standalone digital signage systems and more will also be shown in the Almo booth.

Almo’s Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing, will lead the educational course “In-House or Outsource: When and How to Partner for Success in your Digital Signage Business” on Wed., Feb. 27 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This course is dedicated to understanding digital signage partnerships and helping an integrator or installer discover what they need to outsource and what needs to remain in-house. It will touch on profitability and show that partnerships can be entered into in a win/win approach relative to risk abatement and profitability.

Almo Professional AV simplifies the digital signage process: its staff is 100 percent DSCE certified and InfoComm-trained. The company has seven highly automated distribution centers across the nation, one-to-two day shipping and more than one million square feet of warehousing space.

Almo is the only distributor with a team of Business Development Managers who provide highly specialized system design support, all with a vertical market focus on digital signage. Combined with 35 carefully selected manufacturers, Almo gives resellers and integrators access to a host of commercial and consumer products and services for digital signage installs. To support these products and services, Almo offers the most in-depth training and education programs available, such as E4 AV Tour of traveling networking and training events, regular ongoing webinars, weekly “AV Snacks” mini-webinars, streaming Tech Tips, podcasts and programs like the Almo EDGE distributor rewards to help partners earn points toward training programs worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units.

About the E4 AV Tour
Almo will also offer the opportunity for its partners visiting the booth to register for the upcoming E4 AV training and networking tour. Starting this spring, 100 percent of the educational courses on the 2013 tour are worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs). The E4 AV tour will visit Chicago on March 28 and San Francisco on April 25.

Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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